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Old August 20 2008, 10:31 PM   #1
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Windows Vista and Read-Only Folders

Scenario:

  1. I right-click on a folder, and select Properties. The properties dialog shows the Read-only attribute as checked
  2. I uncheck the Read-only attribute and click OK
  3. In the Confirm Attribute Changes dialog, I click the "Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files" radio button, and then click OK
  4. Everything seems to work
  5. I right-click on the folder, and select Properties. The Read-only attribute is still checked!

What am I doing wrong -- aside from using Windows Vista?

Thanks in advance!
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Old August 20 2008, 10:52 PM   #2
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Re: Windows Vista and Read-Only Folders

After making the post above, I tried entering this at the Command Prompt (while in the folder that I want to make read/write)...

attrib -R /S

... and it didn't work.

Any suggestions?
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Old August 20 2008, 11:06 PM   #3
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Re: Windows Vista and Read-Only Folders

From the command prompt, go to the parent directory of the folder you wish to change the attribute of, and type attrib -r <ReadOnlyFolder>, where <ReadOnlyFolder> is the name of the folder you want to remove the read-only attribute of. This works on my Vista system.

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Old August 20 2008, 11:10 PM   #4
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Re: Windows Vista and Read-Only Folders

Thanks for the suggestion. I tried it, but it didn't work. I wound up having to disable User Access Control, which Microsoft calls a security no-no.

Thanks again!
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Old August 24 2008, 05:08 AM   #5
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Re: Windows Vista and Read-Only Folders

Right click on the folder
Choose Properties
See that there are several tabs at the top of Properties
Ignore the 'Read Only' checkbox and go to the 'Security' tab
In the upper window you should see all of the Accounts available on your computer. If you only have one account with admin privileges, you will still see two, another hidden admin account.
In the lower window see options for privileges for the folder. Set the privilege you want for the account you use.
Click apply, OK, etc etc.
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Old August 25 2008, 04:16 AM   #6
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Re: Windows Vista and Read-Only Folders

FalTorPan wrote: View Post
Thanks for the suggestion. I tried it, but it didn't work. I wound up having to disable User Access Control, which Microsoft calls a security no-no.

Thanks again!
The first thing I did on my system was disable User Access Control. Saves a lot of hassle.
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